29 April 2020
Even though there are only a handful of 7nm process-based chipsets available in the market, Samsung is all set to take the processor game to the next level. A new Digitimes report has mentioned that Samsung is getting closer to start mass producing 5nm processors with commercial availability expected in 2020.
Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys have announced receiving necessary digital full flow tools certification from Samsung Foundry. These tools make use of extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) technology and are helpful in creating efficient and predictable chip designs.
Samsung made use of ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 cores for certifying these full flow tools for 5LPE (5nm low power early) process. The tools from Cadence utilizes the Cadence flow manager for an easier understanding as it offers a common user interface. While there are a few more technical things to this whole certification approval, it essentially means that the 5nm process should result in more powerful and efficient processors for smartphones and devices starting next year.
Jung Yun Choi, Vice President of Samsung's design team said,
"By deploying the latest Cadence market-leading digital flow and Samsung advanced-node technology, customers can confidently create innovative designs for emerging high-end markets such as the mobile, networking, server, automotive, industrial, and artificial intelligence markets."
Samsung is not the only chipmaker interested in bringing the 5nm process to the market. One its arch-rivals Apple is also working on its own 5nm-based A-series processors. It is reported to be collaborating with TSMC for the same which is expected to be one of the if not sole supplier for these processors. The estimated release timeline for Apple's 5nm processors is also set for 2020. It means we could be seeing other players like Qualcomm and Huawei joining the group soon.